GRIN: BACK IN BUSINESS
World champion Greg Hancock is glad to be “back in business” after storming to second place and 18 points in the Mitas Czech SGP.
12 / 06 / 2017, 11:00
World champion Greg Hancock is glad to be “back in business” after storming to second place and 18 points in the Mitas Czech SGP last Saturday.
Grin bounced back from a tough two rounds in Warsaw and Daugavpils, which saw him fall short of the semi-finals in both, by topping the Prague heat scorechart on 18 points.
It took a sensational start from Jason Doyle to pip him to victory in the final. But Hancock still left the Czech capital with a smile on his face.
This is a big effort for me and it’s a big, big positive to come away with 18 points. I have a big smile on my face. I’m super excited that my bikes are working.
Despite insisting he still has plenty of work to do as he stands seventh in the World Championship on 38 points, 13 behind leader Patryk Dudek, Grin was glad to be back on the gas.
He said: “There’s still a lot of work to be done. This is a big effort for me and it’s a big, big positive to come away with 18 points. I have a big smile on my face. I’m super excited that my bikes are working.
“We have to get ourselves back up there and be a driving force. I hate coming to the races with people saying ‘oh, he hasn’t got it going on yet.’
“It was a good night in Prague. It’s a turning point and we’re back in business. Game on! It’s so great to be back in it. I have speed, I feel good and it’s nice when all the hard work starts to pay off again.
“I haven’t had this in a little while. It makes a big difference to my riding style and where I put the bike on the track. It’s noticeable. Now I can start to relax a bit and really race the bike rather than fight with it.”
Hancock has been busy on the testing track in recent weeks in his search for speed. The Californian has enjoyed years of success racing engines tuned by Britain’s Peter Johns. But after a tough start to the campaign, he revealed he has been blind-testing new engines to find the pace he needs.
Asked which tuner supplied Saturday’s motors, he said: “My mechanic Rafal fixed these engines from some tuners. I don’t want to know anything about it. I told him ‘I don’t care what we ride; just find something new.’
“I don’t want to look at them or know the tuners because when I get this in my head, I start thinking too much. I said ‘just give me something fast.’
“I’m riding whatever he throws under me. I hate getting wrapped up in knowing too much because when it doesn’t go well, you start thinking about different things. I just get on one, ride it and think ‘that has a nice feel to it; I can work with this’ or ‘no, I don’t like this. Take it away.’
“We’re making changes to the engines we had and we’re trying engines from other areas just to try and find out what we’ve got. It’s just such a crazy mix. You throw all this stuff into a bucket and try and dig something out.”